Birding Links

Reporting Banded Birds - By reporting North American Bird Banding Program bands, you will help in the management of our continental migratory birds. When you report your band number, you will be asked for information on when and where you encountered the bird or band. You will also receive basic information on the bird you are reporting, including the State or Province where the bird was banded, the date it was banded, and the species, if that information is indeed available (90% of band numbers will return data).

EBird - eBird is a joint project, powered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University and the Audubon Society. Through eBird, anyone can enter and store bird observations, and learn about birds that others have seen. eBird has advice for identifying birds, instructions for observing birds and maps that show you where birds have been sited. . . . and where Bird Patrol inputs its bird counts

Bird Counting 101 - first installment at EBird designed to help people learn how to count birds. This introduction deals with basic concepts, why estimating numbers is important, and illustrates some examples of techniques for counting single-species flocks.

Bird Counting 102 - how to count BIG numbers of MOVING birds - making a challenge more manageable.

Bird Watching for Couch Potatoes -….AND KIDS! Recommended by a Science Student Teacher with the Seattle Public Schools who is working on her graduate degree, this an excellent beginner's guide to birdwatching that she recommends to her students! There is a section on Bird Watching Resources for Kids that is dynamite.

EBird Data Quality - Did you know that every record submitted to eBird goes through the EBird data verification process? Using a combination of automated data filters and a network of local experts, EBird tackles the issue of data quality in Citizen Science.

Archives of Birding Lists throughout US and the world - Under "Mailing Lists", click on "Regional/Specialty", then scroll under Eastern US and click on links to these helpful Florida lists:
SWFL Birdline - covers our area of Southwest Florida
Birdbrains - central Florida and statewide
FloridaBirds-L - statewide
Florida RB - rarebird alert
To actually join one of these lists, follow the directions at the bottom of the email posts for "Subscribe"

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Two Lee County Birders are "out there" on a regular basis, and they post their sightings in interesting narrative form with photos on a regular basis. Helps in deciding where to go birding next! They are:

Bob Pelkey with his Florida Wildlife Blog and Photography
Tom Obrock with his
Florida Suncoast Birding
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Radar Images of Migration - From March to May and from August to October on Badbirdz-Reloaded, you will find daily posts regarding bird migration over Florida. Radar loops from the previous night are posted each day, along with interpretation of the radar and what it might mean for local birding conditions.

Florida Breeding Bird Atlas - A collaborative effort of Audubon of Florida, the Florida Ornithological Society, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to record breeding distributions of all bird species in the state during 1986-1991. 196 species were confirmed breeding, and another 19 species were found to be probable or possible breeders in the state.

Florida's Rare Bird Alert - Keep yourself up to date on what birds are sighted where with this respected listserv. Get a monthly overview or search by key word.

FortMyers-Sanibel.com - A comprehensive travel-planning resource about Lee County. Visitors can find birding/nature information under http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/cms/d/nature_outdoors.php

Macaulay Library at Cornell - archives and distributes an exhaustive sampling of behaviors of birds using digital video and audio recordings.

Field Guide to Birds of North America: An excellent searchable guide that includes identification, birds' voices, explanations of behavior and habitat, range maps, and lists of those pesky "look-a-likes".

Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc: Located on Sanibel, CROW is one of the nation's leading wildlife rehabilitation hospitals for tropical native and migratory wildllife.

Injured Manatees or Sea Turtles - If you see one, phone the Florida Marine Patrol at (800) DIAL-FMP.

Caloosa Bird Club : Pursuing an interest in the study of birds, including field identification, song, migration, population trends, food, behavior and habitat.

Great Florida Birding Trail: A collection of 446 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching or bird education opportunities.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation : A not-for profit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife: Cape Coral is home to the Worlds largest population of Burrowing Owls. This group is comprised of citizens who want to help the area’s Burrowing Owls and other wildlife thrive as the community grows.

The Audubon Society : Protecting our great natural heritage

Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society : For all your local Audubon information

Audubon of Southwest Florida : For all your local Audubon information